BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle and served in my Stone IRS snifter: Opaque with a mostly lasting tan creamy head and very good lacing. The aroma has notes of chocolate, vanilla, prune, plum, molasses, tar, aromatic pipe tobacco, pine, and slight smoked meats.
The taste is nice and malty but there is also a fair amount of piney and herbal hop bitterness to add balance. The midsection has notes of ripened fruit and molasses over buttermilk biscuits. There is just a splash of coffee and smoke upon the finish, more there for depth that a major player. The finish is also where I found the oats the most noticeable. The mouth feel is lush and chewy, a moderate bite of metal and alcohol but seem a palate cleaner than some thing distracting.
YEP, another rave review for this brew. This could be KILLER if properly barrel aged. GET YA SOME! Thanks 4 the bottle Shane even if some showed in Chi-town, more for me to keep enjoying!
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a dark, inky brown color, with a sticky mocha colored head. Aromas are of roasted coffee beans, with sweet dark chocolate in the mix. Some honey in aroma as well. Flavors are of toned down piney hops, roasted cacao beans, rich malts, some burnt sugars.
Toffee and espresso aftertastes.
Thick & chewy mouthfeel. Alcohol makes an appearance towards the end.
Slight burning in the back of your throat when swallowed. Really good stout.
Ungstrup (27681) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of coffee, soy sauce, and caramel. The flavor is very sweet with strong notes of alcohol, as well as medium notes of oatmeal, coffee, roasted malt, and caramel, leading to a dry finish, where the alcohol burns the throat. Nice.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber of 2007 vintage. Dark black with a thick brown head and a thick oily pour. Looks great. Rich sweet aroma, molasses and heavy charry roastiness. Some cherry fruitiness underneath. Lots of bittersweet chocolate with a rich oatmealy flavour throughout. Some lighter grapefruity citrus aroma over the top. A bit of peppery ethanol but there is enough sweetness to keep it from being intrusive. Some soft vanilla and a tobaccoish herbal character. Not very bitter and the roast lacks any astringency. Wonderfully smooth, rich and chocolatey. Another awesome brew from ST.
Gregis (1276) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared my mreusch at theisti’s tasting 10/12. Pours black with a creamy tan head that reduces to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. Big roasted malt, light chocolate and alcohol on the nose. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and slick, almost syrupy, wth a clean, lightly bitter finish. Very sweet, the flavor highlights notes of chocolate and dark fruit (which I didn’t pick up on the nose). This is one tasty beer, and at about half the cost of some of its competitiors a bargain to boot. I will be ordering some more of this soon. Thanks for sharing this with us, Matt.
HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2007 Draught. At Cole’s, Buffalo, NY. I THINK I loved this beer, but damn it’s big, and thick and ... Thick-looking opaque black-brown pour, average head. Big aroma - molasses, deep roast thick malt, licorice, and massive hops underlying it ... oh, booze too. Sweet taste - big alcohol! - carbonized cereal, molasses, licorice, lactose, hops vying for attention but losing quickly to thick malt and booze for days. Thick, tongue-coating body, incredibly lively mouthfeel through the whole glass, long, massive sticky, burnt, boozy, roasty finish, linger and aftertaste. Wow. I brought a growler of this back for tupalev and his wife - I hope they survived it; big, brassy, not to be F’d with impy.
theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2008 22 oz bottle provided by mreusch enjoyed at my tasting 10/12. Pour is all black with no head - only a bit of Khaki clinging to the edge. Aroma is roasted malt, some hops, though a somewhat muted nose. Taste is really complex roasted malt, coffee, oatmeal, and hop bitterness to the finish. Just a whisper of heat at the end, which did not detract. Really smooth body to this one. Thanks for sharing, Matt.
Tmoney99 (9606) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Belmont Party. Poured a black color with a moderate creamy brown head that mostly lasted and produced sticky legs and good lacing. Good roasted malt, hardy candy and woody alcohol aroma. Full body with a smooth texture. Heavy complex bittersweet stout flavor with a smooth sweet oatmeal finish of long duration. Very well balanced complex stout. This is a standout beer.
FoolishMortal (982) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Nearly opaque black-brown with a thin film of dark brown head. Bittersweet chocolate, dark alefruit, and alcohol in the aroma. Baker’s chocolate, figs, pronounced roastiness. Oily presence with a chocolatey luster. Piney, coarse hop bitterness in the finish, with residual roastiness. Mouthfeel is heavy, slick, and wet.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy Degarth. Pours black, with a small light tan head. Very rich looking, just like I like my Impy’s. Smells of monster chocolate, creamy dark malts, mild roast, and oatmeal. Pretty chocolate heavy, which is fine by me. The alcohol was quite noticeable throughout, which caught my attention immediately. The flavor is big chocolate as well, the roast seemed to come through more, with a thick malt presence. The palate is one of the best Ive had. A rich, thick, chocolate coating warmed the palate up nicely. Excellent brew, full flavored, great aftertaste. Could have been even better if the alcohol were masked more effectively.